Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. "DBT," is a therapeutic technique use to assist those suffering from self-harming behaviors.

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DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) is simply a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (also known as CBT), which uses traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques. Interestingly, Theorist, Marsha Linnehan who developed DBT was also herself, diagnosed with DBT. DBT implements other skills like mindfulness, acceptance, and tolerating distress. The good news is that DBT has been found to be considerably more effective in treating people with borderline personality disorder. Its main goals are to teach people how to live in the moment, cope healthily with stress, reduce self-harming behaviors, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.




DBT works by incorporating weekly Individual psychotherapy sessions that emphasize problem-solving behavior for the past week’s issues and troubles that arose in the person’s life. Self-injurious and suicidal behaviors take first priority, followed by managing behaviors that may interfere with the therapy process to improve quality of life.

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness with ongoing patterns of varying moods, self-image, and behavior. Persons with Borderline Personality Disorder are often impulsive wihch can have a damaging impact on relationships and work and social life. People with borderline personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression, and anxiety that can last from a few hours to days. People with borderline personality disorder also tend to view things in extremes, such as all good or all bad. Their opinions of other people can also change quickly.


People with borderline personality disorder may experience mood swings and display uncertainty about how they see themselves and their role in the world. As a result, their interests and values can change quickly.